Originally a strictly industrial area, Garmet District, now coined the entertainment district, housed largely textiles and fashion productions. These industries began to leave the area in the 1970’s, leaving behind many large empty warehouses. Development in the area did not begin again until 1981 wherein the first nightclub came to the area. In 1982 the Roy Thompson Hall opened, building on the demand from the Royal Alexander Theatre.
With the neighbourhood changes, tourist demand began to increase, bringing with them demand for restaurants and bars. In 1993, the Princess of Whales Theatre was built, allowing the area to become the third largest centre for English language theatre. This was followed by the Scotia Bank Theatre in 1999. During Toronto’s condominium boom in the 2000’s the Entertainment District began to flourish, offering the best of all worlds at the doorsteps of Torontonians. The area that offered residents to 750 individuals turned into 7,500 by 2005.
This urban neighbourhood is broken down into five areas within the area of University Ave., Spadina Ave., King West and Front Street. The warehouse area offers restored lofts and offices home to many of Toronto’s Artists and Financial Businesspersons. Theatre area offers much of Canada’s theatres and cultural events, including the Toronto International Film Festival, and the National Ballet of Canada. Toronto’s 5 major sports teams are housed in the neighbourhood’s entertainment area, as well as many large concerts and events. Union Station area is the hub to downtown Toronto, offering public transportation to over almost 250,000 people daily. The commerce area hosts some of the most prestigious hotels in Toronto, as well as the Metro Toronto Convention Hall and many of Canada’s major broadcasting companies, including Canadian Television Network and Canadian Broadcasting Channel.
Housing a blend of Toronto’s elite, as well as those wishing to be close to the action of Toronto, Entertainment District offers easy access throughout the neighbourhood. Streetcars and multiple Subway stations are found within the area, as well as access to the PATH, Toronto’s underground industrial walkway. Accessibility to amenities is to convenient, many do not even half to step outside to access.
This neighbourhood is known for its luxury in both living and eating. Home to many restaurants and bars, the entertainment district offers entertainment for much of Toronto and its tourists.